The carvel planked Whitehall is really close to being done, and the lapstrake boat is getting there. Benches, thwarts, floorboards, and even oarlocks were fitted to the carvel, and the boat was flipped for final sanding, caulking, bunging, surfacing and painting. In her nearly completed state, one can more fully appreciate the beauty of the design as well as the high quality job the building team has done.
|Steve fitting bungs over the keel bolts|
|Carolyn working the joints to prepare them for caulking|
|Meanwhile, Newt puts the last coat on one more floorboard|
Next step is caulking. We used cotton string, twisted and pushed into the inter-plank bevels with a thin bladed caulking iron. The job went very quickly, as the gaps were nice and even (thank you, plankers!) and the boat is small.
|Working the caulking cotton into the joints. Two down, many to go.|
For a structure designed to keep its occupants separated from the water, wooden boats have an awful lot of holes in them. Steve, Carolyn, and Charles carefully rectified that problem with the carvel Whitehall. Steve cut, fitted, and glued bungs for each of the keel bolt countersink holes in the skeg and stem. Meanwhile, Carolyn and Charles filled the hundreds of countersunk screw holes with epoxy thickened with fairing additive.
|The hull with screw holes filled. Try to count them.|
|Bruce shapes a frame, fresh from the steam bag.|
|Ben and Max riveting frames to the hull, a noisy job at best. Frames steaming at left.|
|Steve found a few minutes to fit thwarts on the lonely whaleboat.|